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PICS | 300 hours of production later, Super Rugby Unlocked trophy unveiled

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Super Rugby Unlocked trophy (Vodacom Rugby)
Super Rugby Unlocked trophy (Vodacom Rugby)

Tournament sponsors Vodacom unveiled the Super Rugby Unlocked trophy on Friday. 

There are just two rounds of fixtures remaining in the unique seven-team tournament and if the Bulls beat the Pumas next weekend, then the trophy will be heading to Loftus. 

Super Rugby Unlocked was South Africa's shortened domestic version of the competition after Super Rugby was suspended as a result of the coronavirus in March. 

The Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Stormers, Griquas, Pumas and Cheetahs have all been battling it out in a single-round competition over the last few weeks. 

You can see the trophy below, while we have also included FIVE interesting snippets of information about it. 

1. The trophy’s core materials of brass and aircraft aluminium are edgy and lightweight, but tough and resilient, representing the evolution of the competition and the physical attributes it has demanded of the players.

2. The base contains the name of every single winning team, and from their collective rugby glory seven arms emerge and spiral and twist upwards in flashes of silver, echoing the players and teams that have reached onwards and upwards towards rugby glory over 25 years. 

3. The seven arms are distinctive this year, representing the seven South African teams that will compete for the final trophy in the history of Super Rugby, and in a year of change and challenge.  

4. The front two arms form the unmistakable “V” of Vodacom, the company that was there in 1996 when it all started, supporting a vision and helping to turn it into a legacy. And at the pinnacle of these seven arms, a golden rugby ball rests at an angle as if placed on a kicking tee, ready for what comes next in the game of rugby. 

5. The trophy went through 200 hours of 3D modelling, layout and design just to get it to the physical production phase. And from there, to the machinery required to twist and turn and forge and cut for 10 hours. It took over 300 hours in total to produce this 49-centimetre-tall monument to rugby.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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